WAYNE R. HYATT, MAJ, USMC
Wayne Hyatt '59
Date of birth: June 28, 1934
Date of death: February 18, 1971
From the 1959 Lucky Bag:
From Together We Served:
Major Hyatt was the aircraft comander of Marine CH-53D (BuNo 156667). He served with HMH-463. He was killed along with his four crew and three passengers in the crash of the CH-53. near Doi Dian, Thua Thien Province, RVN enroute to Marble Mountain, Da Nang Air Base.
Seven other Marines and an army soldier were aboard the aircraft. For forty-seven years, this loss was officially due to mechanical failure. However, on April 8, 2018 the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) approved the awarding of the Purple Heart to Wayne and the other Marines. Mr. William Whitehurst (who was aboard another helicopter that day) and others in Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 were able to show it was more than likely that the crash was the result of hostile fire.
Wayne is buried in Alabama. He was survived by his wife, Carol.
Wayne is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. His name was added to the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall following the Deputy Commandant's determination of hostile fire in April 2018.